Arts in Education

Oklahoma Academic Standards for Fine Arts

State Superintendent Awards for Arts Excellence

The Oklahoma State Department of Education is pleased to join with the Oklahoma Alliance for Arts Education and the Masonic Fraternity of Oklahoma for the 26th Annual State Superintendent Awards for Arts Excellence. It is important to recognize school boards, school administrators, and fine arts educators who have exhibited leadership in schools and communities throughout Oklahoma. During the ceremony we will recognize an outstanding school board, school administrators, and fine arts educators for their leadership and support of quality arts education and academic excellence in Oklahoma schools.

Along with school boards, administrators, and educators, we also recognize high school juniors and seniors who have achieved artistic and academic excellence. Representatives of the Oklahoma Alliance for Arts Education will review all nominations during the selection process. This year’s awards ceremony will take place at the Scottish Rite Temple in Guthrie, Oklahoma on Tuesday, April 12, 2016, at 7 p.m.

Current State Superintendent Awards for Arts Excellence Recipients

2016 State Superintendent Awards for Arts Excellence Applications

All applications must be completed and postmarked by Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Applications should be mailed to:

Oklahoma Alliance for Arts Education
c/o Oklahoma State Department of Education
Attn: Mr. Glen Henry, Director, Arts in Education
2500 North Lincoln Blvd., Suite 316
Oklahoma City, OK  73105-4599

Professional Development

The Office of Standards and Curriculum is available to provide professional development to teachers in their local area, either face-to-face or through videoconference or webinar (point-to-point/distance learning) technology. In order for the professional development to have as much impact as possible, for face-to-face interactions, groups need to include representation from at at least 5 districts, an entire county, or that contain at least 25 teachers. For point-to-point/distance learning technology interactions any size group can be accommodated.

Assessing the Arts Together

It is a privilege of the State Department of Education to provide technical support for "Teachers Helping Teachers" an online sharing tool for teachers assessing the arts.  This Web site is a growing compilation of arts instruction and assessment ideas designed to assist teachers, schools and districts as they determine the most effective way to evaluate arts instruction in their settings. Educators across Oklahoma are implementing Arts Assessment in Grades 3-8 in compliance with House Bill 1414. Oklahomans understand the value of arts education as a core discipline and in enhancing academic performance in other areas.

District Art Assessment Report

We are pleased to announce that district arts assessment reporting will be available online this year.  The report will open Friday, April 1, 2016 on the Single Sign On site and the completed district report for all students in Grades 3-8 should be certified by the district superintendent no later than Tuesday, May 31, 2016.

As stipulated by Oklahoma law, 70 O.S. § 1210.508, “each school district shall administer to each student in the district in Grades 3-8 an assessment designed to assess the student in the fine arts of visual art and general music.”  This method of assessing the arts in Oklahoma public schools has given school districts greater control and flexibility in integrating and assessing the arts in the classroom.

The online arts assessment report is on the Single Sign On.  Please click on District Arts Assessment Reports.

For more information, please contact Mr. Glen Henry, Director of Arts in Education,, or (405) 521-3034.

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Last updated on May 5, 2016